Red­ding’s CV

Born: 4 Jan­uary, 1993 Lives: Mal­ibu, USA 4th Euro­pean min­i­moto cham­pi­onship Minigp 50 Bri­tish cham­pion Minigp 80 Span­ish cham­pion 7th 125 Span­ish cham­pi­onship (Aprilia) 2nd 125 Span­ish cham­pi­onship (Aprilia) 11th 125 world cham­pi­onship (Aprilia)) 15th

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‘When I went to BSB I wanted a fun rest year. I weighed 84 or 85 ki­los, which is ex­tra­or­di­nary for a racer, but I said I’m not go­ing to try to lose weight all the time like I used to do be­cause it’s too stress­ful. And be­ing 84 or 85 ki­los didn’t af­fect my re­sults – I felt good and I felt strong. ‘I started 2019 with a lot of pres­sure be­cause I broke a fe­mur in training and al­most lost my ride be­fore the first race. I got to Sil­ver­stone for the first round fully fo­cused, Mo­togp style. Then I got into the BSB style of en­joy­ing my rac­ing and I thought, fuck, this is good! I had a cou­ple of fun week­ends and I started get­ting even bet­ter re­sults, with less stress. That was just the ef­fect of not think­ing too much and be­ing re­laxed. ‘Some­times we were up till one in the morn­ing on Satur­day nights hav­ing par­ties in my mo­torhome, then I did the dou­ble the next day. I wasn’t drink­ing, but we had music and we had fun and we laughed. You for­get you’re at a race, then you get up the next morn­ing and it’s fo­cus time. One vi­sion: win­ning. Some other times in the week be­fore a race I felt a bit ner­vous or stressed, so I’d go out and have a party with the boys. That made me feel less stressed, which helped me dur­ing the race week­end.’

Red­ding has al­ways en­joyed hav­ing a laugh, both with his mates and fans. At the track he’s a bit of a showman and even away from the track he some­times goes out of his way to in­ter­act with the pay­ing pub­lic. Re­cently a mate of Bike’s chief de­signer Paul Lang was driving up the A“ when he over­took Red­ding’s van and gave him a wave. Red­ding waved back and ush­ered him into a layby, where they had a quick chat, took a cou­ple of self­ies and con­tin­ued on their way.

‘If some­one is happy to see you, why not? If I was on a sched­ule and had to be some­where it would’ve been, “sorry mate,” but if I’m not in a rush, what dif­fer­ence does five min­utes make to me if I’ve made some­one’s day? When I look at my­self I don’t think I’m any­body, I’m just a nor­mal per­son, but to other peo­ple it’s nice for them.’ Red­ding was a real hit with BSB fans last year and had planned another sea­son in Bri­tain, un­til the WSB call came from Ducati. ‘When that of­fer came I had to take it be­cause this is one of the best bikes and » 2003 » 2004 » 2005 » 2006 » 2007 » 2008 » 2009 » 2010 » 2011 » 2012 » 2013 » 2014 » 2015 » 2016 » 2017 » 2018 » 2019 teams to fight for a world ti­tle and I want to win a world ti­tle. I couldn’t say no.’

First time out at the sea­son-open­ing Aus­tralian WSB round Red­ding took three podium fin­ishes from three races to put him­self sec­ond over­all be­hind Alex Lowes. ‘Phillip Is­land was the first round of a new se­ries for me, so I didn’t re­ally know what was go­ing on. The plan was to un­der­stand the sys­tem and the rac­ing, get some good points on the board and then go to the next races and start push­ing for wins. To be hon­est I had a good chance to win two of the races at Phillip Is­land, but it wasn’t on my mind to take risks. I keep watch­ing the races back and I’m think­ing I could’ve won that! But at the time it was more about fin­ish­ing races and get­ting data.’ Red­ding has found it easy switch­ing from Mo­togp bikes to su­per­bikes and there’s no rea­son he shouldn’t win the WSB ti­tle at his first at­tempt, just as he won BSB at his first try. Af­ter all, he knows the tracks bet­ter. ‘I en­joy su­per­bikes a lot. They’re still scary fast, but when you get to the end of the straight at Phillip Is­land they’re not on-the-edge-of-death fast like a Mo­togp bike.

‘Rid­ing a su­per­bike you have to ride it with a Moto2 style and a Mo­togp brain, so it’s like I’m com­bin­ing two dif­fer­ent eras of my ca­reer. You’ve got to use cor­ner speed, you’ve got to be smooth and fluid and you’ve got to pick up the bike out of the turns, then you’ve got to think about sav­ing the tyre and do­ing a few things with the throt­tle, be­cause when the Pirellis are gone they’re gone.’

All Red­ding needs now is for the 2020 WSB sea­son to kick off again. Dorna hope for a trun­cated cham­pi­onship of six or seven rounds, but ul­ti­mately WSB and ev­ery race se­ries is in the hands of gov­ern­ments and their COVID-19 health pro­to­cols.

‘Yeah, but I just want to tear up some rub­ber!’ he shrugs.

Next month Mat talks to Ducati’s new fac­tory Mo­togp sign­ing Jack Miller…

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